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New Australian law to crackdown on violent videos on social media may lead to censorship

In April 2019, the government passed legislation to crackdown on violent videos that critics believe could undermine freedom of expression. In February 2019 aboriginal activists occupied the Parliament foyer around environmental issues; in March 2019, activists protested a coal mine owned by Indian multinational Adani while in April 2019, animal rights activists organised coordinated protests against the meat industry. Read more

New Australian law to crackdown on violent videos on social media may lead to censorship


Civil society boycotts public broadcaster after 1,000+ lawsuits

On 2nd March 2019, protesters gathered in Zagreb to defend media freedoms. Gathering in Zagreb, the protesters rallied against numerous lawsuits, political pressures, threats, and advertisers’ demands on media publications. According to the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) over 1,000 Croatian journalists and media outlets are currently facing court proceedings. On 19th February 2019, thirty Croatian NGOs announced a boycott the public broadcaster HRT for two weeks in protest against the thirty lawsuits filed against journalists. Read more

Civil society boycotts public broadcaster after 1,000+ lawsuits

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

In March 2019, student activists were detained while protesting against the eviction of the Daguan community while migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia demonstrated against violence and poor work conditions. In January 2019, the Taiwan police dismantled the occupation camp of indigenous protesters who had been protesting for 699 days. Read more

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

Ongoing crackdown on foreign media content and increased surveillance at the border

Amid the denuclearisation talks in Vietnam between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February 2019, the authorities increased restrictions. In recent months the North Korea authorities have cracked down on foreign media content and increased video surveillance at the China border. Read more

Ongoing crackdown on foreign media content and increased surveillance at the  border

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Montenegro has participated wave of mass protests sweeping across the Western Balkans. The regional movement, dubbed the "Balkan Spring" has witnessed weekly protests held in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia calling for government reform. In Podgorica, a series of protests under the slogan “Odupri se (Resist!) – 97.000” saw thousands of citizens gather in weekly anti-government protests since early February 2019. Read more

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Persistent suppression of critics in Bangladesh following elections

In the last few months, the authorities have continued to censor or ban news websites or blogs and use defamation laws such as the Digital Security Act to criminalise journalists and government critics. Read more

Persistent suppression of  critics in Bangladesh following elections

Brunei citizens fear speaking out on new cruel and inhuman punishments

On 3rd April 2019, Brunei brought into force a revised Sharia (Islamic law) penal code that imposes the death penalty and public flogging for various offences. According to human rights groups , those in the country who oppose the law face real risks if they speak out against the laws Read more

Brunei citizens fear speaking out on new cruel and inhuman punishments

Tajikistan’s International human rights obligations under scrutiny

This update covers developments relating to civil society and civic freedoms in Tajikistan from November 2018 to February 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) prepared this report as part of its cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Tajikistan’s International human rights obligations under scrutiny